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INDIANA UNIVERSITY ENTERS THE 31 MILLIONTH RECORD
INTO THE OCLC ONLINE UNION CATALOG
DUBLIN, Ohio, Sept. 14, 1994--Indiana University, Bloomington,
entered the 31 millionth bibliographic record into the OCLC
Online Union Catalog at 1:20 p.m. Eastern Time on Aug. 24.
The 31 millionth record was for an eight-page booklet, "Profit
Through Partnership with the Czech Republic," published in 1993.
"We've been trying to enter a millionth record for about 15
years," said Ria Collee, assistant head of the cataloging
management department at Indiana University Libraries. "We've
been close before, hitting one above a millionth and one below.
But we finally captured one through cooperation. It was
definitely a team effort involving several data entry staff
Alex Wenner, in the cataloging department, created the record.
Julia Pophal, who works in the cataloging management department,
put the record in the "Save" file. "We were running out of
records, so I grabbed one from the `Save' file and entered it,"
said Ms. Collee. "It turned out to be the millionth. Everyone
was rather thrilled about it."
The main library on the Bloomington campus had never entered an
OCLC gold record. On July 28, 1984, the Indiana University
School of Music Library, Bloomington, entered the 11 millionth
record. Then on Feb. 3, 1990, they did it again with the 21
millionth record. "After a while, it became a matter of honor,"
said Ms. Collee, with a smile. "If the music library could do it
twice, then surely we could do it."
Indiana University comprises seven campuses outside Bloomington.
The libraries on the Bloomington campus hold 5.4 million
volumes. Indiana University serves some 94,000 students across
The week of Sept. 19, Indiana University will celebrate the 25th
anniversary of the main library building on the Bloomington
campus. Special events planned for the week include an address
by author Tom Wolfe, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the
new LETRS (Library Electronic Text Resource Service) Center,
which will make humanities texts available to scholars in
electronic form. A symposium is also planned Sept. 20 with an
Indiana University history professor and two librarians
discussing "Tradition, Innovation and Vision" in libraries.
The 30 millionth record was entered into the OCLC Online Union
Catalog by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on March
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